Planting, growing and pruning raspberries

Raspberries are cool-climate berries that taste best when eaten fresh from the cane. Bearing a harvest of delicate fruits in either summer or autumn, depending on variety, they are easy to grow, delivering an abundant harvest and requiring very little space.

What you need to know about raspberries

Name: raspberries (Rubus idaeus)

Height: canes up to 1.5–2m

Foliage: deciduous.

Climate: prefers cold temperate climates, but can be grown anywhere apples grow.

Soil: prefers deep, well-drained soil enriched with compost and decomposed manure.

Position: full sun or part-shade.

Flowering and fruiting: as their name suggests, summer varieties bear their crop in summer, while autumn varieties are harvested in autumn.

Feeding: apply a mulch of compost and decomposed manure in winter, and an application of slow-release fertiliser for fruiting plants in spring.  

Watering: water regularly during fruiting to ensure berries are lush and full.

ripe raspberry fruit

Appearance and characteristics of raspberries

Raspberries grow on thorned or thornless canes, just like blackberries. Train raspberries up a trellis or fence to contain their growth and help them maintain a vertical habit. As the canes are naturally spreading, pruning is critical to crop production and plant maintenance. Prune after harvest, and always net developing fruit to prevent birds stealing your entire harvest.

How to grow raspberries

Grow raspberries in rows running north to south to maximise exposure to sun throughout the entire day. 

Install a trellis or a couple of wires spaced around 50–70cm apart to support the canes, and to keep their growth in check. 

When to plant raspberries

Plant canes in winter while dormant.

How to plant raspberries

1. Soak bare-root plants in a seaweed solution for about 1 hour prior to planting. 

2. Space plants about 1m apart, digging a hole at least 30 × 30cm. 

3. Backfill a mound in the centre of the hole and check that the finished soil level is equal to the height the plants were growing in the field or pot. 

4. Put a plant in each hole and fan the roots out and down, then backfill with soil. 

5. Firm the soil down and water to remove any air pockets. 

6. Mulch to reduce weed growth. 

Caring for raspberries

Water regularly during fruit production and when weather is dry. Fertilise in spring with a complete fertiliser to encourage spring growth. Mulch with compost and decomposed manure in winter while dormant.  

How and when to prune raspberry plants

Autumn fruiting varieties such as “Autumn Bliss” and “Heritage” should be pruned to the ground in winter. 

Summer fruiting varieties such as “Willamette” and “Skeena” should be pruned after fruiting. 

Remove the canes that cropped this year, but leave the new canes, as these will bear next year’s crop. These can then be tied to your trellis.

Diseases and pests

Raspberries are prone to fungal problems, especially in warm climates. Space plants at least 1m apart and train the canes upwards to improve air flow. Avoid overhead watering. As a preventative, treat with a copper spray in winter.

Propagating raspberries

Raspberries can be readily propagated by suckers; these are small plants that readily develop off the spreading root system. Remove suckers to prevent the canes spreading throughout the garden. These suckers can be shared with family and friends, or used to replace your own canes when they tire in around 7–8 years.

If you like this then try

Strawberries: the tastiest berry to eat fresh from your garden.

Loganberries: a thornless berry with delicious large berries in summer

Apples: enjoy the same climate and growing conditions as raspberries.

Start planting today

Check out our huge range of plants now and get your garden growing!

Cherry Plant

Planting & Growing How to plant and grow a cherry tree Sweet or sour, cherries are a popular summer treat around the world. Lovely and narrow, the cherry tree is suited to areas with cold winters, creating a stunning display of blossom in spring followed by the much-loved fruit.

plant pots 03:15

Planting & Growing How to grow and care for indoor plants For people unable to garden outdoors, growing indoor plants allows them to indulge in a hobby that gives great pleasure.

bird of paradise plant

Planting & Growing How to grow and prune a bird of paradise Hardy, easy to grow and architecturally dramatic with some of the most stunning and bizarre flowers you will ever see—that’s the awesome bird of paradise.

Apple Tree

Planting & Growing How to grow and prune an apple tree Nothing beats the crunch and taste of a fresh apple. So why not grow your own? An apple tree can be so much more than just a fruit tree.

basil

Planting & Growing How to plant grow and harvest basil An attractive garden plant that’s easy to grow and is an essential ingredient in a multitude of dishes. That’s basil!

Bougainvillea

Planting & Growing How to plant grow and prune bougainvillea If you’re looking for a plant with vibrant colours to bring a tropical look to your garden, then you can’t go past bougainvillea.

How to design a herb garden 01:23

Planting & Growing How to design a herb garden Turn your back or front yard into a beautiful, productive space by creating an edible garden that looks good and will tastes even better. For this project, we’re grouping our herbs into three pots – one for tea, one for smoothies and one for cocktai...

Choose a sunny spot and watch 01:40

Planting & Growing How to grow strawberries You’ll love the taste of home-grown strawberries. It’s a great activity the whole family will have fun doing.

pool with moroccan tiles

Planning & Projects Transform your backyard with a new garden bed Well-planned garden beds can give your backyard both structure and beauty, and solve all sorts of tricky problems, from screening out your neighbours to disguising an ugly fence. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

planting an edible garden

Planning & Projects How to build a child-friendly edible garden Creating a child-friendly edible garden is an enjoyable way to get grubby with the kids as well as engaging them with the great outdoors

Garden Tool Storage 01:52

Planning & Projects D.I.Y. garden tool storage rack Garden tools can be tricky to store away neatly because of their size and shape. Find out how to create a garden tool storage rack with this guide from Bunnings.

various artificial plants

Planning & Projects Create an instant artificial garden Get an instant, hassle-free designer garden with Un-Real Artificial plants. Find out here how you can create a beautiful and instant private garden.

How to Make a Terrarium 02:54

Planning & Projects How to make a terrarium Learn how to make a terrarium with this handy guide.

Renovation Basics - Garden 03:28

Planning & Projects How to plan and landscape a garden makeover If you’re thinking about creating a new garden, you can save a lot by doing the project yourself.

Plant growing from coin jar

Planning & Projects Nine plants for good luck around the home The Lunar New Year is a significant part of most Asian cultures. There are many customs and rituals that are celebrated at this time. As part of the customs, there are some plants traditionally associated with the Lunar New Year festival and thought...

Plan out the garden 01:50

Planning & Projects How to create a cottage garden A cottage garden full of flowers and colour brightens every home. This video will help you build one that suits your tastes and needs.

hydrangea

Planting & Growing How to create an allergy-friendly garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

pot

Planters How to choose the right plant pot Pots are a great way to add colour, interest or texture to your outdoor space. Tuscan Path’s Elaine Foster shares her top tips on how to choose the perfect pot.

sunflower

Planting & Growing How to plant and care for sunflowers Sunflowers are a great way to add colour to your garden, and they’re easy to grow and care for. Bunnings Greenlife buyer Katie explains the basics of how to grow sunflowers and shares some tips on how to care for them.

paint

Guides & Projects How to upcycle almost any piece of furniture with paint Rather than throwing out old household items, you can restore them with paint. It’s a quick, easy and affordable way to give anything from furniture to fences a new lease on life. Learn how to paint and prepare different surfaces to get the finish y...

DIY balcony and courtyard garden

Planters D.I.Y. balcony and courtyard garden Even if your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or courtyard, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having a garden. The team at Tuscan Path, who have been supplying pots to the Australian marketplace for over 40 years, share some ideas on how ...

 kitchen benchtop materials

Benchtops & Cabinets A guide to kitchen benchtop materials The perfect benchtop will add style to any kitchen. It’ll also see the most action, so choosing the right benchtop for your kitchen – and budget – is an important decision explains Bunnings Kitchen Designer Ben Carey.

Top of the content